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Scarlet Sunrise: Impressive Buckeyes opener shifts CFP, Heisman odds

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Justin Fields is one of the Heisman Trophy favorites. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Impressive Buckeyes opener shifts CFP, Heisman odds

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Impressive Buckeyes opener shifts CFP, Heisman odds

Ohio State was projected to be one of the top three teams in the country heading into this unique, pandemic-shortened season.

And the Buckeyes looked the part in their season-opening game Saturday afternoon when they beat up on Nebraska. The Silver Bullets defense looked better as the game went on and Heisman Trophy candidate Justin Fields looked even better than expected, only missing on one throw.

The impressive opener from the Buckeyes forced the folks in Las Vegas to shift their odds to win the national title and the Heisman Trophy. Ohio State went from 3/1 odds to win the national championship to 9/4 odds to take home the title trophy. Clemson still has the best odds, but the Buckeyes have the second-best. Fields went from 7/1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy to 3/2 odds to win the most prestigious individual award in college sports with his near-perfect performance.

It only took one game for the shift to happen. If the Buckeyes continue to impress, the odds will continue to move around in their favor.

Ryan Day, Buckeyes meet with media

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, wide receiver Garrett Wilson, center Josh Myers and defensive tackle Haskell Garrett held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to break down the Buckeyes as they gear up for the tough road test at Penn State. Day and the players talked about Garrett’s breakout performance on the defensive line, the run game and how to fix it and Wilson’s game in the slot. Don’t miss the latest press conference with Day and the Buckeyes.

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After the press conference, Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward was joined by Birm and Spencer Holbrook to break down everything they learned from Day and the players, including plenty about the status of superstar receiver Chris Olave. It’s the Practice Report presented by Byers Auto!

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Lettermen Row Weekend Kickoff presented by Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems: The Whatever It Takes Pregame Show will be back at Urban Meyer’s Pint House this Thursday to preview the weekend full of college football games, including the Buckeyes massive road showdown at Penn State.

The next edition of the show will be Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m., and there will be plenty of Ohio State guests on hand to break down the latest developments and preview the weekend of football ahead. Come out to see Bobby Carpenter, Zach Boren, Anthony Schlegel, Michael Bennett and other former Buckeyes greats give their insight about the upcoming games and how they think the Buckeyes will fare against the Nittany Lions.

Get set with the panel of former Buckeyes with analysis, stories, delicious food from Urban Meyer’s Pint House in Dublin and some cold Coors Light. Don’t miss the next show this Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.